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June 23, 2015 Issue of Tuesday’s Child Newsletter

Issue: Vol. 3 #24
June 23,  2015

Sunday closest to June 29

The  Fifth  Sunday after Pentecost


 Mark 5:21-43
….. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease….

…..While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead”….”Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about ….


June 24

Traditionally, the Birth of Jesus is celebrated on 25 December. That means that the Birth of John is celebrated six months earlier on 24 June.Of course, it is to be noted that none of this symbolism proves anything, since the Scriptures do not tell us that Jesus was born on 25 December. The symbolism of the dates is used by Christians, not as evidence, but as material for the devout imagination.


Margaret Iacono: Murillo’s “The Birth of Saint John the Baptist” | The Frick Collection


For more information, click 

Definition of the Week


Ancient Hebrew praise-shout. It means “Praise Yah,” which is a shortened form of the word “Yahweh.” It is translated into Latin as “Alleluia,” and translated into English as “Praise the Lord.”



Are You A Choral Singer?

Our Choir’s door is open to new singers. Do not hesitate to talk with any choir member about being part of the music ministry.


Please include in your daily prayers this week

 Members of the Parish Family:Marina Bowens, Mark Anderson, Judy Boomer, David Hamill, Ken Frye, Michael Houlihan, the Vaun Family, Alice MacMullen, Mary & Ian Booton, Ada Hastings, Kyle Gangell,  Michael Terranova, Louise Robitaille, Edna Leavenworth, Barbara Turner, Elinor Hamill, Rosemarie Blakely, Paula Doyle, Ted Cobden.

Others we love: Joyce & John Perevuznik, Kathy O’Brien, Tim O’Brien, Rosalind & Gene Zimmerman, Rosalind Haywood, and those in military service.

Those who have died: Howard Smith, Nancy Cobden

Our world:  Those vulnerable to the changing winds of politics, warfare, natural disasters, and human retribution.  

The many ministries of our local community and the Diocese of Western Massachusetts: especially for Parish Vestries; Doug, our Bishop; the Mampong Babies’ Home in Ghana; The Commission on Ministry-The Rev. Nancy Strong, Chair.

 The Church’s wider mission: Daily Bread Food Pantry, Milford.

Calendar of Events:

If you have an item for our parish calendar, please notify the office at

Office@GraceBerkshires.org or 644-0022.


1st   Vestry Meeting

11th Nancy Cobden’s Memorial Service 

19th Worship at Gidon’s Garden 10:00 am

26th Margaret Bullas-Jonas preaches


Click here for the ROTA
or cut and paste this in your browser: https://graceberkshires.org/members/rota/

June 28


Sarah Sieber, Rick Gore,
ACOLYTE Cathy Haywood
LECTORS Pat Carlson,

Tom Doyle

CHALICE Ed Hutchinson



Pennie Curry

FLOWERS Leavenworth
ALTAR GUILD Elinor Hamill, Debbie Holmes,     Sue Happ


Rest in Peace Howard Smith 
Howard Smith died on Saturday, June 20th, at Fairview Hospital surrounded by his beloved Valerie, his precious children-Annie, Michael, and Julie, and his faithful friend Jordan. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time. Please hold Valerie and her children in your prayers.

Father of all, we pray to you for Howard and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetually shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

TunaFood Pantry 
Item for Sunday,

June 28th

Although we have an “Item of the Week”
any appropriate food items are always appreciated.

Thank you:  Sue Gore, Ethan Novick, Don Peet, and George Raymond for the Lee Pantry and the People’s Pantry.

Berkshire Mosaic: A Multicultural BRIDGE Living History Project 
Book Launch 
Please join us for the book launch this Wednesday, June 24 of Multicultural BRIDGE’s Berkshire Mosaic at the Mason Library in Great Barrington from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. This book captures the diversity of the Berkshires, including a piece on Grace Church. Their sale is a part of BRIDGE’s Social Justice in Action fundraising campaign.

Holy Eucharist at Gideon’s Garden

Sunday, July 19th 10:00am

On Sunday, July 19, Grace Church will be “on the road”, having our worship at Gideon’s Garden. We will have a picnic after the service. The church will provide hamburgers and hot dogs, but we will need salads and desserts. Please sign up on the sheet at the Welcome Table with what you would like to contribute. Thanks for making this a special fellowship event!

Third Sunday Supper
July 19th

For more information or to make a reservation:
George Raymond: georger@alum.mit.edu or 413.637.7224   

Nancy Cobden’s Memorial Service

 Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 am at Crissey Farm.

 A reception will follow the service. All are invited to come and give thanks to God for Nancy’s presence with us.

Books and Bread 
Next gathering:

September 9, 6:00 PM
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Host: Martha Katz
Discussion Leader: Dindy Anderson

(Appetizers, wine, soft drinks, main dish, side dishes, dessert, decaf and tea. One main dish serves 8 people.)
Contact-Valerie Smith at oakgrove52@hotmail.com.

Every Sunday!
A Gratitude Moment –
This is an Every Sunday Opportunity
The priest invites the congregation to take a few moments to think of one thing during the past week for which they are grateful.
After some time the priest invites anyone to share their gratitude with the congregation by coming to the microphone.

Bible cartoon

Tuesdays with the Word
A study of next Sunday’s lessons followed by Compline.
   Do you wonder what Janet might preach about next Sunday?
Does the Bible have anything to say to us and about us?

Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24,

Psalm 30,

  2 Corinthians 8: 7-15,   Mark 5: 21-43Come explore the readings for the upcoming Sunday, each Tuesday evening 7:00 at the Grace Office 67 State Road, Great Barrington


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Worship Schedule
Eucharist & Healing Prayers

Sunday at 10:00 am

Children’s Sunday School during the service and a special prayer for them at the end of the service.

Click here for Directions to Crissey Farm

Thursdays at 12:05 pm

67 State Rd. Grace Chapel (click here for map)

For Janet’s sermons click here.

On occasional weeks there will be a reflection by Janet. Click here.




Senior Warden  Kathy Clausen

  Class of 2016    John Cheek

Junior Warden  Richard Gore, Jr.  

  Class of 2017    Ian Booton, Sarah Sieber 

Treasurer Louise Robitaille 

  Class of 2018     Paula Doyle, Ethan Novick

 Clerk   Susan Gray



Vestry Minutes are posted on our website

You can now donate to Grace Church through PayPal.


An Episcopal Community in the Southern Berkshires
The Rev. Dr. Janet Zimmerman, Priest in Charge
Mailing: P. O. Box 114  Great Barrington, MA 01230


Office and Chapel: 67 State Rd., Great Barrington
to contact Grace Church, email office@graceberkshires.org

Janet’s office hours: Tues.-Thurs. 9:00am-12:00pm or by appt. 413-644-0022


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